Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Star Portrait-Sekhar Kammula


Sekhar Kammula was born on February 4, 1972 (age 41) at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. He is the most popular  Indian film director, screenwriter and producer in Tollywood.


He did his schooling at St. Patrick's High School, Secunderabad. He completed his intermediate studies from St. Alphonsa's and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology.

He did MS Computer Sciences at New Jersey, US.  After a brief stint in the IT industry, he enrolled in the MFA program at Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Film Career

Anand, his second film turned out to be a hit after his first film, Dollar Dreams was a critical success, and won him the National Film Award for best debutant director.

He met moderate success with Godavari but his Happy Days turned out to be a smash hit and was even remade in Tamil and Kannada. He was a writer for Tamil version which was released in 2010. He then directed Leader released on 19 February 2010 to positive reviews. His new venture "Life is Beautiful" is a box office hit too with lots of positive feedback.

He is currently remaking Kahaani in Telugu as Anamika. Sekhar Kammula is going to direct his first Hindi film which is a remake of Happy Days. The Hindi version will be produced by renowned film maker Shekhar Kapoor. The film will feature several new faces and Sekhar Kammula will start scouting for new faces in Mumbai and Pune, through the same process which he employed for the Telugu film. The screenplay for the film is being written by Mumbai-based writer Nikhil Mahajan.


National Film Award

    Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director - Golden Lotus Award - Dollar Dreams (2000):

Nandi Awards

    2011 - Nandi Award for Best Story - Leader
    2007 - Nandi Award for Second Best Feature Film - Happy Days
    2006 - Nandi Award for Second Best Feature Film - Godavari
    2006 - Nandi Award for Best Director – Godavari
    2004 - Nandi Award for Second Best Feature Film - Anand
    2004 - Nandi Award for Best Director – Anand

Filmfare Awards South

    2007 - Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu) - Happy Days
    2007- Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) – Happy Days

Other Awards

    Dasari Best Film Director Award - Happy Days 

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